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Medical Marijuana and Rheumatoid Arthritis

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic inflammation of the joints, and can also cause inflammation of the tissue around the joints, as well as in other organs in the body.

Medical Marijuana and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Millions of Americans suffer from arthritis, the most common cause of disability in America. And as the baby boomer generation ages, the prevalence of arthritis will continue to climb.

Arthritis is a joint disorder featuring inflammation, and is frequently accompanied by joint pain. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis. The types range from those related to wear and tear of cartilage, such as osteoarthritis, to those associated with inflammation resulting from an overactive immune system, such as rheumatoid arthritis. Together, the many types of arthritis make up the most common chronic illness in the United States, which costs patients billions of dollars. For example, according to a Stanford University study titled "The economic impact of arthritis," patients with arthritis collectively incur over $56 billion in medical expenditures and work loss each year.

Currently, more than 100 medications and drugs are used in the treatment of arthritis. Many of these drugs, however, can cause serious side effects. Many patients who suffer from arthritis have opted instead to use medical marijuana, which is an affordable, natural alternative that lacks the side effects found in the medicines traditionally used to treat arthritis. These patients have seen excellent results with medical marijuana, with improved movement, less pain, and less use of other medications.

Recent research has shown that medicinal marijuana can be an effective alternative arthritis treatment. Marijuana is a strong analgesic (pain reliever) and, when used by itself or in combination with other pain-killers, has been found to safely and effectively control the pain from arthritis. Studies have also shown that marijuana suppresses inflammation—which is the core symptom of arthritis.

If you suffer from arthritis and would like to learn if medical marijuana is the right treatment for your condition, can help. We can connect you with hundreds of quality marijuana doctors across the country in all legal marijuana states and ensure you are in compliance with your state laws. Book an appointment today and let us help improve your quality of life!



This information is not provided by medical professionals and is intended only to complement, and not to replace or contradict, any health or medical advice or information provided by healthcare professionals.  If you have any questions, please contact your doctor or other healthcare professional.


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